Jeffrey Mohr, 26, of 251 W. Main St., Apt. 3, was charged with obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony since he was harboring a man accused of a felony.
At about 10 p.m. Saturday, Norwalk police received a call that Brett Smith, 28, of Clyde, was staying with Mohr at his home, according to a Norwalk police report. Smith had warrants out for arrest through Sandusky County for unauthorized use of a vehicle and theft of a firearm.
The caller claimed the stolen vehicle was inside Mohr’s garage and that he saw Smith talking to Mohr outside the building. He called because he was aware police were searching for Smith.
Officers got ahold of the owner of the building who allowed officers to check the garage, where they allegedly found the Honda Accord that was reported stolen.
They claimed they could hear men talking inside the apartment, but when they knocked no one answered. Smith’s mother came to the house and asked him to come outside, but he didn’t answer.
Police told Mohr they were getting a warrant and he’d be charged for harboring a fugitive if he didn’t come to the door. Officers got ahold of Mohr’s mother who pleaded with him over the phone.
After 10 minutes, Smith came to the door and was taken into custody. Smith denied the gun he allegedly stole from his brother was in the home or the vehicle. He said he took the handgun for protection, but he decided to sell it on a “whim” to some guys in Lorain, according to the report.
Smith claimed while the men were looking at the gun they ran off with it and there was nothing he could do. He was taken to the Huron County jail to wait to be turned over to Sandusky County.
Officers called Mohr outside and took him into custody. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his hand, which he injured four days earlier, before he was cleared for the jail.